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The '''California State Library''' collects, preserves, generates and disseminates a wide array of information. It was founded in 1850 by the California State Legislature
[Lockhart (2001) California State Library: Changing and Expanding Sites. California State Library Foundation Bulletin, No. 69]
Today, it is the central reference and research library
for state government and the Legislature. The California State Library advises, consults with and provides technical assistance to California's public library|public libraries
. It directs state and federal funds to support local public libraries and statewide library programs. The California State Library's mission is to serve as "...the state’s information hub, preserving California’s cultural heritage and connecting people, libraries and government to the resources and tools they need to succeed and to build a strong...